Aotearoa Short Film Lab


The 2018 Aotearoa Short Film Lab was held on Saturday March 17, 2018. Applications for the 2019 Lab will open in October.

About the Lab

Aotearoa Short Film Lab is a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers six local and two international short film makers the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors.

The Lab is free to attend for all selected applicants, but there is a NZ$20 application fee. Those selected can come on their own or bring up to two key creative collaborators with them. Travel costs are the responsibility of the selected participants.

The Lab includes a full-day workshop, and follow-up sessions with one of the mentors who will guide each participant through the development of their script.

The mentors for 2018 will include: Michael Bennett (Cow, Matariki), Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings), Jake Mahaffy (Free in Deed), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries).

Each of the mentors for the Short Film Lab are experienced and accomplished kiwi filmmakers. Pictured: stills from Jackie van Beek's "Uphill", Jake Mahaffy's "A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry" and Shuchi Kothari's "Coffee and Allah"

Pictured: stills from previous mentors’ films – Jackie van Beek’s Uphill, Jake Mahaffy’s A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry and Shuchi Kothari’s Coffee and Allah.

Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as “inspiring” and “invaluable”, and many projects have gone on to be funded and produced. Films developed with the assistance of the Lab have premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (I’m Going to Mum’s), NZ International Film Festival (Tree) and Show Me Shorts Festival (Zinzan, Baby?). Three short films developed through the Lab were part of Show Me Shorts 2017 programme.

Submissions for the 2019 Lab will open in October 2018. If you have questions about the Lab please contact us.

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